Jack Murray Wins School Debate Award

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Jack Murray, JJ Kiely and Colin Smyth represented the school in the annual Liam O’Connell School Debate title at Kildare County Council headquarters last Monday.

Taking place in Council Chamber in Naas, we battled it out with nine other schools for the Bord na Mona sponsored prize.

The debate was chaired by Eamon Ryan from the Green Party while the adjudication panel was made up of Fionnuala Dukes (retired County Councillor), Charlie Talbot (retired County Secretary) and Herbie Wilkins (retired school principal, colleague of Liam O’Connell).

The motion was: The goals of democracy and capitalism are not compatible.

While we didn’t claim the overall title, Jack Murray did win the individual award for best debater.


Debate Chairman, Green Party TD Eamon Ryan, and Mia McCarthy of sponsors Bord na Móna, present the Individual Award to winner Jack Murray


Our team of Jack Murray, Colin Smyth and JJ Kiely